I wholeheartedly know that everything that goes on in the co-op is authentic and of pure intent. Everybody gives of their heart and soul, paid and not paid, to help us be a cooperative.

– Volunteer Robyn Hawk

Simply put, the Yelm Food Co-operative does not exist without volunteers. We call them ‘working members’ and they contribute time, energy, talent and expertise across many different areas. Working members qualify for discounts and other benefits, not to mention our annual Working Member Appreciation bash every December. Here are the core areas where you can make a difference:

Cashiers: Requires strong communication and customer service skills, initiative, understanding of the Co-op structure, and ability to multi-task. This position requires a strong knowledge of basic math functions, calculators, and computers or experience with Point of Sale systems.

Stockers: Requires self-motivation, customer service skills, and the ability to lift up to 25 lbs. Will work the floor as needed under under direction of the shift lead or manager.

Price Comparison Shopper: Requires a self-motivated person who will conduct weekly price comparisons of YFC products with local Yelm and Olympia markets.

Graphic Artist: Experience in computer graphics required. We need a person to create flyers, cinema ads, email ads, and announcements. this is sporadic but critical work and typically requires a short turn-around.

Event Planner: Must have above-average communication and organizational skills. Be able to multi-task, think outside the box, and troubleshoot problems. The planner must have the ability to work with all types of people and be able to not only visualize an event from start to finish but to understand the steps needed to accomplish it.

Grant Writer: During these formative stages of the Co-op, this is a Pro Bono position. The position can be reviewed every 90 days as the financial conditions of the organization change.

Advertising / Promotion Director: Plan and direct advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, coupons, or giveaways, to create interest in the purchase of Co-op store products or any other service for any part of the entire Yelm Cooperative organization. This is a Pro Bono position.

Communications / Public Relations Director: He / she will produce and disseminate materials for communicating information about the Co-op and its program; coordinate the content of the Co-op website and Facebook page and production of The Grapevine; develop and oversee the Co-op’s branding and image; represent the Co-op with the media; and maintain an updated photo library and database of contacts. This is a Pro Bono position.

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